Despite the fact that the intellectual dimension clearly wanes down towards the end of the saga, the Wachowskis show unshakable ambition in each one of the chapters. Martial arts, slick futuristic compositions, Star-Warsy revolutions, a lingering understated romance, compelling CGI, confusing plot and dubious acting make for a final wrap up of a charismatic saga that overall remains dignified until its very end.
deus ex machina (noun). de·us ex ma·chi·na \ˈdā-əs-ˌeks-ˈmä-ki-nə, -ˈma-, -ˌnä; -mə-ˈshē-nə\. 1. : a person or thing (as in fiction or drama) that appears or is introduced suddenly and unexpectedly and provides a contrived solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty. 2. : The Matrix trilogy.
The best scenes were the ones in the nightclub and the whole invasion of Zion. That shot of Trinity and Neo rising above the clouds to get a fast glimpse of the clear and sunny sky only to dive again in the darkness of the Earth dominated by machines was memorable! The final battle with Smith in the rain... meh, it was too physical and the "victory" kind of fell of the sky, a self-sacrifice that magically worked.
This is a great movie but it has one hiccup. When the 2nd and 3rd Matrix movies where written they were one story that was then separated and the dramatic arc's weren't spaced out right. The beginning with the Merovingian shouldn't be there. That being said the end of this movie is truly great. Neo sacrifices his life to end the dialectical master slave conflict between man and machine once and for all.
The idea of The Matrix is amazing, but Reloaded and Revolutions falls short....really short. They were grasping for straws at the end. It was at times confusing, but most of the time just poor acting. In short watch The Matrix and Animatrix and stop it's not worth it to keep going. I wish I did.